RIYADH, 8 January 2020 – “The dangerous bushfires that have run rampant in Australia and continue to claim innocent human lives, wipe out wildlife and destroy properties. Such tragedies are a somber reminder that we need to come together globally, to ensure the safety and security of ourselves and our planet in the face of a serious climate emergency”, said Nouf bint Muhammad, chair of the civil society engagement group for the G20, C20.
Reports say that so far 24 people and around 480 million animals have died as a result. Unfortunately, Australia has the highest rate of species loss globally and researchers fear that rate could increase as the fire disaster continues.
“The longer we wait”, she warned, “the more dire and deadly future disasters will become. Environmental problems and their implications transcend individual nations. As the voice of civil society in the G20 process, the C20 will continue to firmly advocate for climate change policy enactment.
“World leaders need to listen to those affected and at risk by the climate emergency – whether they are in Australia, Brazil, Haiti or Myanmar – and take urgent action to address the risks and impacts posed by climate change.”
“In 2020, the C20 will prioritize climate action policy making and urge G20 governments to show greater urgency in their commitments to realize the Paris Agreement. The G20 countries are responsible for 80% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and as such, should lead the charge for stronger mitigation and adaptation policies.
“We will continue to urge countries to enhance their National Determined Contributions (NDCs), paving the way for a successful 2020 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). We will also press world leaders to seriously address biodiversity and desertification concerns in their respective spheres.”
Civil Society 20 (C20) is one of the eight official Engagement Groups of the G20. It provides a platform for Civil Society Organizations around the world to bring forth a non-government and non-business voice to the G20. For more information, please visit https://civil-20.org/